PR – The sod was turned to mark the start of a Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) funded U.S. $10.8 million construction project at Bishop’s College in Carriacou, on Sept. 22, 2020.
The project, which is part of the Grenada Educational Enhancement Project, entails the construction of a new school building and rehabilitation of the existing structure. Minister for Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs & Local Government and a past teacher and student of Bishop’s College, Hon. Kindra Maturine-Stewart, said she is certain that based on the allocation for the project, justice will be given for a makeover well deserving of an institution that has been the bedrock of Carriacou and Petite Martinique for years.
She added that special commendation must be given to the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development, under the leadership of Hon. Emmalin Pierre, former Minister for Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs, Hon. Elvin G. Nimrod, and all those who have played their part in making the institution a top priority.
In her remarks, Hon. Pierre said that despite the drop in Government’s revenue by about 50 percent, due to the COVID-19 crisis, Government was committed to ensuring that there were no further delays on the Bishop’s College project. Minister Pierre also highlighted the success of the Ministry’s M-STAR Learning Platform and the Ministry’s recent initiative in supplying e-learning devices to all students and teachers in secondary schools, which aids the Government’s thrust to enhance E learning in schools.
Prime Minister, Dr. the Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell, who gave a virtual address at ceremony, noted that the project demonstrates Government’s commitment to ensuring that development is inclusive and no area or island is left behind. The Prime Minister said that as countries all over the world continue to battle with the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the employment generated by projects, like the Bishop’s College project, has become even more important.
Dr. Mitchell encouraged the principal, teachers, students and parents, to keep in mind the significant benefits to be derived from the outcome of this project, even if they may face inconveniences in the next 18 months, during the implementation of the project.
Hanover Construction Company Limited from Trinidad was the successful contractor, following the bidding process for the Bishop’s College Rehabilitation Project. Richard Maharaj, Operation and Construction Director of Hanover Construction said that the project will create job opportunities for more than 100 construction workers locally and is expected to be delivered by March 2022.
Among many people expressing gratitude on the commencement of the project were Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs, Rholda Quamina, and Principal of Bishop’s College, Indra Scott.
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the Education Minister said the Ministry of Education has placed emphasis on ensuring that school environments throughout Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique are conducive for both teaching and learning and the Bishop’s College Rehabilitation Project is just another testimony of this effort.